West Norfolk Mayor David Whitby with Travelodge people director Hannah Thomson at the opening. Picture: Paul Tibbs.

A new £5m Travelodge has opened in King’s Lynn, creating 15 jobs for the area.

West Norfolk Mayor David Whitby was a special guest and cut the ribbon in a ceremony last Friday.

The 68-bedroom budget hotel, off Nar Ouse Way, is Norfolk’s eighth Travelodge and a spokesman said it had already proved popular.

Also at the opening was the firm’s people director Hannah Thomson, who was born and raised in King’s Lynn.

Ms Thomson lived in South Everard Street and attended Lynn’s Whitefriars Primary School.

“I am honoured to return to my home town and to welcome our new colleagues to the company.

“It also gives me great pleasure to hand the keys of this magnificent hotel to Keith Sturman, our hotel manager.

“Keith is a great example of how far you can climb the career ladder at Travelodge, as he joined the company six years ago as a receptionist. He will be a great inspiration for his new team.

“The Norfolk economy is growing at pace and with increasing visitor numbers to the area, there is still a shortage of good quality accommodation at a great value price. Therefore, to meet this growing consumer demand, we are looking for a new hotel in Wisbech and Cromer.”

Mr Whitby added: “The addition of Travelodge will have a positive impact on Lynn by providing employment and affordable accommodation.

“The hotel is in a prime location, right next to the junction for the A149, A47 and A10, which lead to Norwich, Peterborough and the rest of the UK.”